sundog

[suhn-dawg, -dog]

Origin of sundog

First recorded in 1625–35; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for sundog

sundog

noun
  1. another word for parhelion
  2. a small rainbow or halo near the horizon
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Word Origin and History for sundog
n.

"mock sun, parhelion," 1650s, of obscure origin.

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